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Catriona Matthew wins Ladies Irish Open by two shots

Updated: Sunday, 05 Aug 2012 19:38

Matthew has now won nine professional titles
Matthew has now won nine professional titles

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew has been crowned queen of Killeen Castle after winning the Ladies Irish Open, supported by Fáilte Ireland.

Matthew finished on seven under par, two shots clear of world number six, Suzann Pettersen from Norway, with England’s Laura Davies taking third place on three under.

None of the Irish contingent managed to make the cut, set at seven over par on Saturday, and only six players in the entire field finished under par at the end of the tournament.  

42 year old Matthew, world ranked 27, used all her class and experience to master the course and come out on top with three sub par rounds of 67, 71 and 71 to take her ninth professional title. 

Ladies Irish Open Tournament Director, Roddy Carr commented; “We are delighted that Catriona Matthew has joined the impressive list of Irish Open champions.

"The course proved a real test and the class of the Solheim stars shone through with Catriona earning a very impressive victory over Suzann Pettersen. Once again this event has proved a great success in this wonderful venue.”

On the opening day of the tournament, dubbed ‘Pink Friday’, players and spectators wore pink as part of a charity initiative with raised over €2,000 raised for Breast Cancer Ireland. 

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